Manila Bulletin

Solon urges House to sum­mon DOTr ex­ecs over ques­tion­able bid­ding of Bi­col air­port

- By BEN R. ROSARIO

Ase­nior op­po­si­tion law­maker yes­ter­day called on two House com­mit­tees to sum­mon of­fi­cials of the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion (DOTr) to ex­plain why they al­legedly ig­nored pro­vi­sions of gov­ern­ment pro­cure­ment act in the con­duct of pub­lic bid­ding for the con­struc­tion of the P1.8-bil­lion com­po­nent of the pro­posed Bi­col In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

In a press con­fer­ence, Rep. An­thony Bravo who rep­re­sents COOPNATCO partylist, said mem­bers of the DOTr Bids and Awards Com­mit­tee have a lot of ex­plain­ing to do as the panel is set to award the con­tract to a con­trac­tor who should have been dis­qual­i­fied in the bid­ding.

With the BIA’s tar­get com­ple­tion al­ready over­due, Bravo warned that the flag­ship project is in for more de­lays, with gov­ern­ment over­shoot­ing es­ti­mated bud­get, as a re­sult of the anoma­lous pub­lic bid­ding for the BIA Pack­age 2B con­tract.

The House Com­mit­tees on Good Gov­ern­ment and on Trans­porta­tion have been tasked to con­duct a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Bravo’s ex­posé.

In his priv­i­lege speech de­liv­ered Mon­day, Bravo, a Bi­colano from Sor­so­gon, as­sailed the al­leged im­pend­ing award­ing by the DOTr, prin­ci­pal pro­po­nent of the project, of the BIA Pack­age 2B con­tract to a con­struc­tion firm and its part­ner.

The agency es­ti­mate for the project was P1.8 bil­lion but low­est bid­der pro­posed a P2.2-bil­lion bid.

“I re­ceived re­ports that the po­ten­tial con­trac­tor which was postqual­i­fied by the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion Bids and Awards Com­mit­tee has a rep­u­ta­tion of not com­plet­ing the projects awarded to it, thereby wast­ing pre­cious time and gov­ern­ment re­sources,” de­clared Bravo.

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